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A scene on the ice with a horse-drawn sleigh c.1620

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A drawing of people walking and skating on a wide frozen river: two elegantly dressed men invite two ladies to ride in a sleigh drawn by a caparisoned horse decorated with plumes; on the left elegant company walking on the ice, with a small boy on a sledge in the foreground; on the right skaters move into the distance in a long procession. RL 6465-6513 amount to nearly one third of Avercamp's known drawings and represent the largest holding in one collection. They cover all categories of his drawings- studies of single figures, and groups, genre scenes and landscapes- and illustrate his considerable variety in finish and technique. In general the artist did not make preparatory drawings. They seem to have been made for their own sake, and some of the more finished coloured sheets were probably sold. The remainder served as a vocabulary of human behaviour as for the most part seen in the provincial town of Kampen.
Descriptive Medium: 'Pen and brown ink with watercolour over graphite', 'pencil, pen and brown ink, brown wash, watercolour', 'drawing'

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Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands